Indexed on: 01 Sep '06Published on: 01 Sep '06Published in: The Journal of chemical physics
Canonical Monte Carlo simulations of the interaction between a uniformly charged spherical particle and a discretely charged planar surface in solutions of symmetric and asymmetric electrolytes were performed. To assess the nature of the interactions, the force exerted on the colloidal particle perpendicular to the planar surface was calculated. Attractive minima in the interaction force between the similarly charged surfaces reveal the occurrence of two phenomena: long-range attraction of electrostatic origin and short-range attraction due to depletion effects. The degree of electrostatic coupling determines the magnitude and range of like-charge attraction between the two surfaces.